The certificate program in Engineering and Management Systems provides students with tools for the complex decision-making problems that arise in engineering and management. It is aimed at three types of students:
It offers a coherent, integrated set of core courses that are based on analytical methods with applications in the planning and control of complex systems required by a modern technological society. Emphasis is placed on rigorous modeling and analysis, taking advantage of the vast flow of data and ubiquitous computing power available today. The EMS certificate program complements both the Finance Certificate and the Certificate Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics. Our emphasis is on developing analysis skills that are useful in engineering and management.
If you have any questions, please contact Professor Warren Powell, Director, Certificate Program in Engineering and Management Systems.
The EMS certificate program is open to both B.S.E. and A.B. majors at Princeton University. B.S.E. students are eligible for admission to the program once they have completed the engineering school core program (or its equivalent):
The certificate is available to A.B. students who have completed:
These requirements are satisfied if a student (A.B. or B.S.E.) has received AP credit in the course.
To be admitted, interested students should email the director of the program, stating that you would like to participate in the program. Please include your class and major, and let me know if you have placed out of any course requirements. Send your request to Professor Warren Powell.
The program for each student is worked out by the student and his or her departmental adviser. In some cases, a course can fulfill both a certificate program requirement and a regular departmental requirement. The EMS certificate program does not have a GPA requirement, so courses may be taken pass/fail, limited only by university regulations on pass/fail courses. All students must take courses from the following six areas:
AP credit is allowed for ECO 100 (requires a 5 on the AP exam). AP credit is not allowed for statistics.
In addition to the course requirements, a senior thesis or project must be completed and presented to the program committee on a topic relevant to the program and acceptable to the program committee. Students in engineering departments that require a one-semester project can typically use a suitably designed project to satisfy the requirement. The project must be summarized in a report, which describes the methodology in full using appropriate mathematics.
Acceptable theses can be on a wide range of topics, as long as a significant portion of the thesis uses tools from some part of the core program (statistics, probability and stochastic processes, optimization). Topics do not have to be drawn from business or finance. A thesis with minimal or no mathematical modeling will not be acceptable. For example, if the research requires developing and estimating a statistical model, the thesis must carefully define the model in full using appropriate mathematics. Theses that are not allowed include "soft" topics such as the history of the Chinese economy, and hard-science theses (laboratory-based theses) which do not have a significant data-analysis component.
See a list of currently enrolled students.
Director: Warren B. Powell, Operations Research and Financial Engineering